WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6
“and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Luke 1:33 ESV
THE MIRACLE OF FOREVER
Bob died and went to the gates of Heaven. St. Peter greeted him, “Hey Bob, it is nice to see you hear. Hold on a minute while I check your name.” After a minute, St. Peter stated, “There you are… that will be $12.50” “$12.50!”, Bob exclaimed, “but I thought heaven was free!” But to St. Peters surprise, Bob reached into his white robe and pulled out a crumpled $100 bill. “Bob,” he said, “I was just kidding about the $12.50. But where did you get that $100 bill?” Now Bob got kind of quite. “I stole it from the offering plate at my funeral,” he admitted. “Bob! Why did you steal that $100 bill? You were a pretty decent man your whole life. Why would you go and do a thing like that?!? Now I can’t let you into heaven!” There was a long pause. Bob slowly smoothed out the $100 bill and held it toward St. Peter. “Would this help?” he asked softly. Another long pause. St. Peter looked around, took the $100 bill and said, “OK. Quickly. Go ahead in.” As Bob passed by St. Peter he grinned. “THAT’S why I took the $100 bill.”
Obviously, we can’t pay or bribe our way into heaven. One of the miracles of Christmas is that Jesus was coming to pay our way into heaven forever. Some world leaders have said, “I’ll bring in an army!” God says, “I’ll bring in a child!” Baby Jesus was establishing an eternal kingdom. World leaders and powerful nations have come and gone over history. God’s kingdom is the only one that will last forever. Jesus does not have term limits.
We live in turbulent days. If you watch the news you know that it feels like the world could dramatically change at any moment. The potential threats range from natural disasters, changing financial markets or even nuclear war. Christmas reminds us that God is faithful and steady. Thank God that in this day of uncertainty you can count on His faithfulness and His consistency.
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 ESV